Trump’s Fed Nominee Defended Robert E. Lee Following Charlottesville Attack

Stephen Moore fervently defended Confederate general Robert E. Lee following white supremacy rallies in 2017.

In August 2017, Trump’s pick for a chair on the Federal Reserve board fervently defended Confederate General Robert E. Lee in the wake of the Charlottesville white supremacist rallies.

He found a comment from a Washington Post reporter calling Lee a terrorist “so offensive,” saying that calling Confederates “a gang of terrorists” is “making things worse.”

“Robert E. Lee hated slavery, he abhorred slavery, but he fought for his section of the country,” Moore claimed.

CNN news anchor John Berman, however, fired back at Moore’s false claims. Lee “held slaves, ordered the beating of slaves, ordered the return of fugitive slaves, and he fought for the dissolution of the union to maintain slavery,” Berman said.

Moore proceeded to argue that “slavery was part of the Civil War, but it wasn’t central to the Civil War.”

In a Twitter thread earlier today, the Washington Post reporter who Moore quoted, Wesley Lowery, responded that the Trump nominee “wildly mischaracterizes what I said.”

Lowery’s comments that Moore interpreted as calling the Confederacy “terrorists” originally read, “The President of the United States believes there should be statues across this nation honoring people who fought and, in some cases died, to keep American citizens, some people who live here, in chains.”

Lowery continued, “In our nation, we don’t have statues of terrorists all over the place [...] Why? Because that would be deeply offensive and insane.”